The European Union has called on China to provide proof that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and that a thorough and transparent investigation into her allegations of sexual assault is being conducted.
In a statement Tuesday, the EU’s External Action Service (EEAS) said Beijing should provide “verifiable proof” of Peng’s wellbeing, stating that her “recent public reappearance does not ease concerns about her safety and freedom.” Peng told Olympic officials in a video call from Beijing on November 21 that she was safe and well.
She disappeared from the public eye in early November, shortly after accusing a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault.
“The EU joins growing international demands, including by sport professionals, for assurances that she is free and not under threat,” the EEAS statement reads. “The EU strongly opposes the use of the practice of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention … and calls upon China to comply with its human rights obligations under national and international law.”